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Windows 7: How much disk space is needed for System Restore?

11 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 
How much disk space is needed for System Restore?

Hi,

After running WinXP for almost 7 years I took the plunge last week and bought a new computer with Win 7 Home Premium. Today I upgraded it to Win 7 Professional.

Now my computer specs are:
HP p7-1157c AMD A6-3600 APU w/Radeon HD Graphics 2.10GHz
8 Gbs of Memory
64-bit running Windows 7 Pro w/Internet Explorer 9.

Today while still exploring the features of Win 7 I noticed all my previous Restore Points except for two that were created today were gone. It seems all the ones created before my last reboot had been deleted.

I think I found out why after checking the Restore configuration settings for the drive.

Only 1 % of the 919 GB drive was being allotted for Restore Points. So I changed that to 20 % for the time being.

Now I am trying to find out how much space should I actually set aside for restore points for the size of my hard drive?

Thanks and regards,

2harts4ever

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11 Dec 2011   #2

 
 

I have 5G physically allocated and have about 20 restore points.
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11 Dec 2011   #3
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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20% of that big drive is too much. Anything between 10 and 20GB would be ample. Restore points take up to 1GB per shot, but they can be smaller depending what you have on C:

Also I suggest to put your user data on a seperate partition and give that 5GB for the restore points. Is handy if you lost a file and want to retrieve it. ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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11 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Jim and whs,

I appreciate both your responses. I think I will try giving 10 % for Restore Points and see how that goes.

The suggestion of putting my user data on a seperate partition and give that 5GB for the restore points makes sense but unfortunately that is a little more than my 69-year-old 'brain housing group' can understand right now ...lol

However, I will try to check out how to make a partition.

Thanks and regards,

2harts4ever
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11 Dec 2011   #5
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Heh, come on you youngster. I am 74 and find it to be easy - lol. Made a little tutorial which might help: Data Partition

And here is a thread where I explained an even easier method 5 minutes ago - post #24 I need some reassuring on SSDs

PS: Here is another easy one just on the partition creation: Partition or Volume - Create New
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11 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

whs,

I will check out your links 'old-timer' ...lol

Thanks and regards,

2harts4ever
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12 Dec 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
20% of that big drive is too much. Anything between 10 and 20GB would be ample. Restore points take up to 1GB per shot, but they can be smaller depending what you have on C:

Also I suggest to put your user data on a seperate partition and give that 5GB for the restore points. Is handy if you lost a file and want to retrieve it. ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
Shadow explorer is good but you don't need it. Just use Windows built in previous versions which can be found in the properties dialogue..
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12 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Partition Wizard is highly recommended if you want to partition your hard drive - having a separate data partition makes sense if you want to protect and backup your personal data.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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12 Dec 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2harts4ever View Post
Now I am trying to find out how much space should I actually set aside for restore points for the size of my hard drive?
Set it fairly "high" and then monitor it for a few weeks. Then maybe readjust it to a lower number.

I like to have 2 or 3 weeks worth of Restore Points.

I currently have a maximum of 7.45 GB allotted and 7.06 GB used. That currently gives me 11 restore points dating back to November 21, exactly 3 weeks.

Some say to make it larger, so you have restore points dating back several months. To each his own, but I have never found myself in a situation where I wanted to restore to 60 or 90 days ago--I very rarely need a restore point more than a week old. And I use it regularly--at least once a month on average.
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12 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Good morning ignatzatsonic, seavixen32 and kado897,

I appreciate you all taking the time to respond.

@kado897: could you explain what you mean when you said: Just use Windows built in previous versions which can be found in the properties dialogue..

@ignatzatsonic: how large is your drive?

Thanks and regards,

2harts4ever
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